The members of Quire Cleveland are highly-trained musicians, collectively representing 500 years of choral experience. Many are soloists, music directors, and educators at the major churches, synagogues, and schools in northeast Ohio. Founding Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin chooses programs that are appealing and accessible, showcasing the timeless beauty of the music and the glorious choral sound.
- Evan Bescan
Tenor Evan Bescan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, along with a Methodology Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He is currently a full-time elementary music teacher at Elyria Community Elementary School in Cleveland and a chorister at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Evan is also a consultant of the Freda Joyce Brint Foundation, using music to enhance learning and life in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Ian Crane
Ian Crane currently teaches music at Cuyahoga Falls High School, and spent five years on faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, as instructor of bagpipes. He has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, sung with Bobby McFerrin and Contrapunctus, and has performed as both a vocalist and instrumentalist with Apollo’s Fire. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University and a master’s in conducting from Kent State University. He resides in Lakewood with his wife, Tricia, and children, Phoebe and Alexander.
- Ross W. Duffin
Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin was born in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario there. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University where he specialized in the performance practice of early music. He came to Case Western Reserve in 1978 to direct the nationally recognized historical performance program there. Duffin has made a name for himself as a scholar in a wide range of repertoires, publishing articles on music from the 13th to the 18th centuries. His edition of DuFay chansons won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for work of benefit to both scholars and performers, and his edition of Josquin motets was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press.
Other “vocal” publications include the award winning Shakespeare’s Songbook (WW Norton, 2004), a study of all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays, and an edition of motets from the Jacobean period from A-R Editions. Duffin’s love of vocal ensemble singing has a familial background, since his grandfather, William Nelson, was a professional countertenor in London, England, and was soloist for Harold Darke and later Herbert Murrill, and his mother conducted her church choir, making him a third-generation choral conductor. Duffin has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception in 1992. He also directs the Early Music Singers at Case.
- Donna Fagerhaug
Donna Fagerhaug holds a Master of Arts degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory at Capital University, both in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to Quire Cleveland, she sings with Apollo’s Singers and Contrapunctus, and is the soprano soloist at Lakewood Congregational Church. Donna also works as a vocal coach in the Rocky River City Schools. She lives in Rocky River with her husband and three children.
- Kevin S. Foster
Kevin S. Foster studied piano and voice at Ohio Wesleyan University (BM), and choral conducting at Bowling Green State University. Kevin’s time is presently divided between his role as a stay-at-home dad and his musical endeavors as a composer, vocal coach, and occasional voiceover artist. He remains in high demand as an accompanist and as a tenor soloist. Past performances include Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, and several Bach cantatas. His gift for connecting with people of all ages has earned him respect as a conductor and clinician, as well. Composer of nearly 30 songs (many published through Santa Barbara Music), including several commissioned pieces, Kevin continually receives accolades from performers and audiences alike for his expressive, sensitive text settings. More information can be found at www.kevinsfoster.com.
- Leslie Frye
Mezzo-soprano Leslie Frye hails from Akron, but her experience is wide-ranging. With a degree from Kent State University, she has sung with Apollo’s Fire, Singers Companye, Gaudium, and The Publick Musick (New York). She has enjoyed numerous early music, classical, and jazz projects including a recent performance with Bobby McFerrin at Playhouse Square. Also an accomplished music educator, choral conductor, and pianist, she has taught in Georgia, New York, and Ohio, including seven years as Head of Education of a music school in Georgia. Throughout her career, Leslie has maintained a private studio, teaching voice, piano, and music theory. In addition to music, Leslie’s life is enriched by her husband, Greg, and their son, Jasper.